What only can be describe as a horrific act if true, a Queens woman is under arrest after she was accused of submerging her three year old son in scalding water. According to the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Regina Cooper came home to find her son had soiled his diaper. Ms. Cooper allegedly became enraged that the child was not successful in his “potty training” and began swearing at the child and stripping off his clothes. Shortly thereafter, prosecutors claim that the little boy was forced into the scalding water of a bathtub.
District Attorney Richard Brown stated in a press release:
“Despite the child’s attempts to get out of the bathtub and his frantic cries, the defendant allegedly held him in the water for a prolonged period of time, resulting in severe scalding over 21 percent of his body. The young child will be permanently scarred – both physically and emotionally – by the experience and the fact that it is his own mother charged with seriously harming him.” Furthermore, “[w] hen she finally pulled him out, his skin that had been submerged began falling off his body.”
Detectives arrested Ms. Cooper and she now faces charges including Assault in the First Degree as well as Assault in the Second Degree. The crimes are punishable by up to 25 and 7 years respectively.
Regardless of the potential term of incarceration that Ms. Cooper faces, all of us, regardless of where we live or what we do for a living, pray and hope that her son makes a quick recovery and is able to lead a healthy and full life.
Crotty Saland PC, a criminal defense firm founded by two former Manhattan prosecutors, represents clients throughout the New York City region.